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Calif. Man Arrested For Biting Python

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A pet python was recovering from surgery for wounds inflicted by the mouth of a Sacramento, Calif., man, a city official said. David Elmer Senk, 54, was being held in the Sacramento County Jail on charges of unlawfully maiming/mutilating the snake, The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. Police received a report […]

European Union Says No To Syrian Oil

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 3 (UPI) — The flow of oil from Syria into European Union countries was cut off Saturday as part of the EU’s pressure on President Bashar Assad to step down. The union announced its embargo Friday after news emerged Syrian soldiers had shot and killed 14 anti-government demonstrators, The Wall Street Journal […]

Deadly Typhoon Hits Japanese Island

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A typhoon packing 90 mph winds hit the southern Japanese island of Shikoku Saturday, killing one person and leaving five others missing, officials said. Typhoon Talas, the 12th named northern Pacific storm this summer, brought heavy rain and triggered mudslides in the prefecture of Ehime, the Kyodo news agency reported. […]

Manuel Valle Receives 2nd Execution Stay

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) — A convicted killer sentenced to die for the 1978 shooting of a Coral Gables, Fla., police officer has received a temporary stay of execution, officials say. Manuel Valle’s execution, originally set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, was delayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in […]

Hurricane Katia Brews On U.S. Advance

MIAMI, Sept. 3 (UPI) — Hurricane Katia packed 75 mph winds as it moved well northwest of the Caribbean island chain Saturday, U.S. forecasters in Miami said. The National Hurricane Center said the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was 530 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph […]

Military Plane Goes Down Near Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 3 (UPI) — Searchers looking for a military plane downed in the Pacific off the coast of Chile have recovered a body from the ocean, an official reported. The plane carrying 21 passengers disappeared Friday after twice trying to land on the Juan Fernandez islands. The body of an unidentified person was […]

Insurgent Leader Killed In Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee and insurgent leader linked to al-Qaida has been killed by forces in Afghanistan, military officials said. International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan troops killed Sabar Lal Melma outside a compound in the Jalalabad District in Nangarhar province Friday, the ISAF said in a […]

2 Planes Collide Over Alaska, 1 Pilot Dead

NIGHTMUTE, Ala., Sept. 3 (UPI) — Two small planes collided over southwest Alaska, leaving one pilot dead, officials said. The other pilot safely landed her badly damaged plane on the tundra near Nightmute, Alaska, Friday, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News. There were no passengers on either of the planes, […]

GOP: Balanced Budget Centuries Overdue

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — The United States needs a constitutionally mandated balanced budget as first proposed in 1798, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Saturday in the party’s address. The congressman said President Barack Obama’s policies were “counter-productive” and leading the country into a financial abyss. “Our national debt — much of which is owed […]

Obama Urges Transportation Bill Extension

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged Congress to pass a so-called clean extension of a transportation bill, calling it a “no-brainer.” In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president noted that funding for highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems and “other important projects that keep our country moving […]

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